Gucci Fashion Show: PETA Activist Storms Runway in Defence of Crocs and Lizards

Posted by on September 22, 2023 | Permalink

Today, as Gucci held its much-anticipated Milan Fashion Week show – presenting the first collection from new creative director Sabato De Sarno – a PETA supporter posing as a model stormed the runway, brandishing a sign that proclaimed, “Gucci: Ban Exotic Skins.”

See how it unfolded, below.

This action follows runway takeovers by PETA entities at shows during fashion weeks earlier this month in London and New York.

Gucci: It’s Time to Drop Croc

These protests follow a PETA Asia investigation into an Indonesian abattoir that supplies Gucci, which revealed workers bashing lizards in the head with machetes and hacking at their necks in botched decapitation attempts.

This shocking investigation footage directly contradicts claims by Gucci’s parent company, Kering, that it is committed to “implementing and verifying the highest standards of animal welfare across [its] supply chains”, as well as its animal welfare guidelines, which call for “humane handling at end of life”.

Inflated and Skinned Alive

PETA Asia has also documented that in the exotic-skins industry, crocodiles’ necks are hacked open and they are killed by metal rods being shoved down their spines. Snakes are pumped full of water to loosen their skin, which is often peeled off while they’re still conscious.

Filthy Fashion Risks All Our Futures

Conservation experts have cautioned that practices in the exotic-skins industry increase the risk of future epidemics and pandemics, as the wild animals it exploits are typically confined to and slaughtered in filthy conditions resembling those found at wet markets. This creates environments favourable to the emergence of deadly pathogens.

Stop Stealing Skins!

The future of fashion is animal-free, and many luxury designers such as Mulberry, Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Burberry, and Paul Smith have already banned the use of exotic skins. Forward thinking companies are meeting the demand for sustainable, animal-friendly products by offering vegan leather options made from pineapple leaves, mushrooms, apples, cacti, and more.

Lizards, crocodiles, and snakes are intelligent animals who deserve compassion, not to be mutilated for clothing and accessories. Take action today by calling on Gucci to drop these cruelly obtained materials and remind the company that animals are not ours to wear: